As part of the Greek section of the Iron Curtain Trail, cyclists have the opportunity to cycle through the former "ΕπιτηρούμενηΖώνη" ("Surveillance Area"), a highly-militarised area along the Bulgarian-Greek border. After crossing this former border – where access is now of course allowed – EuroVelo 13 enters Greece near the Roupel fortress, famous for its defence during the German invasion of Greece in April 1941. The route crosses back into Bulgaria before re-entering Greece where the Ardas river flows along the border. Here it passes through the lively village of Petrota and enters Turkey after the town of Kastanies, in the low plains near the confluence of the Evros and Ardas rivers.

National Information

“Cities for Cycling” (NECC)

“Cities for Cycling” is implementing a series of actions with an aim to promote the use of the bicycle and the development of cycling tourism in Greece. Among its priorities is the creation of a platform for exchanging bicycling knowledge and experiences between Greece and European cities.

0030 210 2016500

Visit Greece

The national tourism body provides a good overview of the three EuroVelo routes in Greece. It identifies the touristic highlights on each route and provides links to further information.

0030 210 87 07 000